The Rapture of Church Overcomers Will Be on the Feast of Trumpets (to which the Idiom “No One Knows the Day or the Hour” Refers)

Given all the talk about the Revelation 12 sign that will appear in the heavens on September 23, 2017, and having studied in considerable detail the Church overcomers’ position of exaltation in heaven (enthroned with Christ!) during the great tribulation (see writings from last year in this series Our Exalted Position, especially Parts 6-11), we will now address the key question on many Christians’ minds today: does God’s word actually point to when the pre-tribulation rapture of His overcomers will occur? 

The answer is yes – careful study reveals incontrovertibly that the Scriptures do so in two basic stages. Many serious students of prophecy submitted to Jesus Christ, the Name above all names, have been shown this.

First, the Scriptures reveal that the rapture (Greek: harpazo) will occur on the Feast of Trumpets, the fifth of God’s appointments with His people – we will expound upon this today.

Second, as we covered in Part 10: The Male Child Caught Up to God and to His Throne, Revelation 12:1-5 describes a great and wondrous sign which will occur in the heavens regarding the rapture. From Genesis 1:14 we know that God made the stars, planets, sun, and moon to serve as signs and mark seasons…, which in the Hebrew means God’s appointed times. Shortly after writing Parts 10 and 11 of this series last year, the Lord led me to study the pioneering work of our brother Scott Clarke. Having spent countless hours utilizing astronomy software programs, Scott discovered about six years ago that that precise alignment will only occur on September 23, 2017. This has since been confirmed by many others. God-willing, I will address multiple Scriptures that concern this in subsequent articles…

I remind any sceptics that Jesus told His disciples, I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear (John 16:12), and that God explained to his OT prophet Daniel that knowledge will increase in the end-times (see Dan. 12:4). Also,  It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings (Prov. 25:2).

I pray that our Father grant you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation as you make time to set yourself away from distractions in order to learn how His word reveals that the rapture of His overcomers IS the next appointment on the Kingdom calendar: the Feast of Trumpets. Amen.

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In Leviticus 23, God provided His people seven sacred appointments with Him, to be celebrated as feasts (see also Numbers 28:16 – 29:39 and Deuteronomy 16:1-17). Careful study of the Scriptures reveals that the first four appointments (the spring appointments) were fulfilled during Jesus Christ’s first advent, and the last three (the fall appointments) will be fulfilled during His second advent, with the Church age, of course, occurring between Pentecost (the fourth appointment, the Feast of Weeks) and the rapture (the fifth appointment, Feast of Trumpets). So much could be written about this…

Instead, though, I will reproduce two outstanding charts the Lord showed me on another brother’s YouTube channel* which encapsulate the key points we need to know about them. Please take your time and STUDY both charts to receive a tremendous blessing:

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To the second chart I would add two details: (1) The Day of Atonement will be fulfilled at Christ’s second coming from heaven at the end of Daniel’s 70th “week” (the most prophesied event in Scripture, e.g. with His Bride/army as per Revelation 19). (2) Tabernacles will be fulfilled for 1,000 years when Christ tabernacles with His people during the Millennial Kingdom (e.g. Revelation 20).

Isn’t all that astounding?! I love how God rewards those who diligently study His word!

Now, you may be wondering, just as I did, how this fits with God’s design that the rapture be imminent so that all believers throughout the Church age would obey our Lord’s words to watch and pray that we might escape the coming wrath (e.g. Luke 21:36); how Paul, Peter, and John all indicated in their writings that they were awaiting Christ’s return, just as we are? Again, as Daniel 12:4 indicates, our knowledge and understanding about prophecy is increasing in these end-times as our access to information has increased exponentially during our generation because of computers and the internet. Recall also that John was not permitted to record what he heard the seven thunders say (see Rev. 10:1-4)…

The Lord has not led me to research exactly when the fulfillments of the Leviticus 23 feasts were first understood, but I recall reading a few years ago that it was within recent decades. Moved by the Holy Spirit, Paul did indicate in 1 Cor. 15:52 that the rapture would be at the last trump (which refers to the fifth feast, explained below), and, in verse 55 he even linked the rapture with Hosea 13:14, which is preceded by verse 13, which begins, Pains as of a woman in childbirth come to him… (I kid you not! The word of God is astounding!) We’ll study that in a future article, God-willing; my point is, Paul may not have been aware of it, just as John may not have been aware of it regarding Rev. 12:1-5, yet the Holy Spirit moved these two apostles to write about this so that we Spirit-led disciples would receive the revelation now and apprehend it for such a time as this! Hallelujah! Do I have an amen?!

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Now, in Part 7: Sequence of Some End-Time Events, Imminency, and Jesus’ Olivet Discourse, we discussed our Lord’s foundational words about the end-times from Matthew 24 (also Mark 13). His carefully selected words, But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone, (Matt. 24:36 & Mark 13:32) are the pivotal point from which He started alluding to His rapture of His Bride. Here are two essential points Jesus masterfully relayed in those deliberate words:

(1) But of that day or hour no one knows is a Jewish idiom His disciples would have readily understood that refers to the Feast of Trumpets. If you  studied Leviticus 23 and know that by God’s calendar (the Hebrew calendar) the month begins with a new moon, you may have realized that the Feast of Trumpets is the only Levitical Feast that begins on a new moon. The Jews knew the new moon would first become visible on one of two days, but they did not know exactly WHICH DAY or WHICH HOUR the two priests (2 witnesses) would spot it to begin the Feast / new month. Isn’t that cool?! So when Jesus said, “But of that day or hour no one knows,” He was referring to the Feast of Trumpets.

Furthermore, a) the themes of the Feast of Trumpets (Hebrew: Yom Teruah) include resurrection, a wedding, and a coronation ! b) the first trumpet of the Feast called the Jews in from the harvest to the temple at dusk, and thus required lamps and a supply of oil; they hurried in to make the festival with their lamps before the temple doors were closed.

The latter point should bring to mind Jesus’ parable of the wise and foolish virgins in Matt. 25:1-13, for that parable also pertains to the rapture (see Part 7)! Behold Jesus’ words in the last three verses of that parable: 10″And while they [foolish virgins with insufficient oil] were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready [wise virgins with sufficient oil] went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. 11Later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for us.’ 12But he answered, ‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.”

(2) the Jewish wedding custom of the first century was that, after entering into covenant with the bride-to-be, the bridegroom returned back to his father’s house to prepare a room for her (this is what Jesus described in John 14:2-3 after entering into covenant with the 11)! Then, it was the bridegroom’s father who determined the day his son should go and get his bride – only the father knew the day, not the son! (Here is a link to an article on the Jewish wedding custom.)

Isn’t this great?! It is SUCH a blessing to know the pertinent Hebrew culture so we can interpret the Scriptures accurately in their proper context!

So, in Matt. 24:36 (also Mark 13:32), with the masterfully selected words, But of that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone, Jesus was telling His disciples He would come to rapture His Bride (deliver her from Israel’s coming wrath of Daniel’s 70th week, the time of Jacob’s trouble) on the Feast of Trumpets.

Most Christians today do not understand His words in the proper cultural context, and incorrectly assert that no one can know when Christ will come for His Bride. Jesus, however, made it quite clear idiomatically that the next appointment on God’s kingdom calendar, the Feast of Trumpets, is when He will harpazo His Bride.

After His crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension, the Lord then had Paul detail the rapture (as studied in Part 7) in 1 Thess. 4:15-17 and in 1 Cor.15:50-53 (please study these scriptures if you are unfamiliar with them). Lastly, He then addressed it again Himself via His angel to John in Rev. 3:10 when He told the church of Philadelphia, Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come on the whole world to test the inhabitants of the earth. (see Part 8: The Doors, the Trumpet, and the Transformation)

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So there you have it! Please get the word out and share this widely! The Feast of Trumpets is at the new moon in September this year, and Paul explains the rapture occurs at the last trump (1 Cor. 15:52), which is right before that Hebrew day transitions to the next during the evening…

God-willing, in subsequent articles we’ll examine the very likely possibility that Jesus Christ will harpazo His Bride – His overcomers of Rev. 2 and 3 – this September right about the time the Revelation 12 sign is actually due to appear. As we shall examine, many OT Scriptures tie in with the woman in labor…

(To be continued…)

* The beautiful charts are from the YouTube channel “thevineyard”

Links to all parts of this series

11 thoughts on “The Rapture of Church Overcomers Will Be on the Feast of Trumpets (to which the Idiom “No One Knows the Day or the Hour” Refers)

  1. Hi Deanna. Please help me with a contradiction that’s forming in my head with this. The Jewish wedding custom I understand. And the custom says only the father knows when to send the Bridegroom so the wedding can commence. That would suggest to me that at the marriage of Christ and the Church, God the Father only knows when the Bridegroom, Jesus, will be sent and that Jesus, being the Bridegroom would not know. But, according to the idiomatic language Jesus used 2000 years ago, it appears He did and does know. And that is where the contradiction is forming in my head. Hope I’m making myself clear to you in my confusion. Thanks.

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    1. Hi Greg! To make a pun, good observation! 😉 After watching numerous videos of Scott Clarke and others demonstrating on Stellarium (astronomy program) whether the sliver of the new moon will be apparent over Jerusalem on 9/21 or 9/22 AND exactly which moment on either evening, I can say that it all comes down to exactly when the new moon is spotted by the two witnesses. That is multifactorial, including luminosity (I’ll throw out two figures – say 2.4% vs 2.6%), the naked eye visual acuity of both witnesses, and whether there is considerable cloud obscuration; “only the Father knows.” God is astounding…

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      1. deanna,

        From reading your article, I can tell you would likely profoundly appreciate http://www.unsealed.org (absolutely a plethora of incredulous info about this Revelation 12 time) and http://watchfortheday.org/videos.html, which has a series of very short videos (typically 3-5 minutes each), but with no speaking. Instead it has powerfully moving music and an overload of information that I don’t think can be absorbed without stopping and thinking many things through. I showed them all in one session to people meeting in my house, learning about these things. More than powerful–it’s overwhelming. Want even more confirmation that THIS Yom Teruah IS that day? Watch them!

        If you are really stirred by these (I cannot imagine you not being), then watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hvD5kLqjuw which is titled “1.618 Phi, The Golden Ratio, God Creator of Heaven and Earth”. You realize that absolutely NOTHING is by chance. I’m in my 60’s, think of myself as far from a wimp, yet I couldn’t help crying while watching–even re-watching. Intellectually you know He has, but this just overwhelms you with this realization. (Do you have headphones? Plug them in first, and watch these all full-screen.)

        It’s put out by someone named Daniel Matson. Unsealed is by Gary and Jeff, and I think also Greg, but I don’t know their last names. You will REALLY want to go there!

        George

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        1. Thank you, brother, so much for sharing. Yes, I am familiar with unsealed and watchfortheday, and I have come across Daniel Matson, for I recognize his name. I will watch that video because you spent such time and effort to share it. God bless you, brother. May we all minister the word boldly, for the glorious day of meeting our Bridegroom and receiving our glorified bodies is almost at hand!

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    2. Now, as to how one member of the Trinity can know something without another knowing, I lack understanding… My understanding is that Jesus was simply using that idiom to communicate with us. Jesus does know ALL things!
      (And yet in Revelation 1:1 we are told after Christ ascended to heaven that God gave Jesus revelation: “The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,”…)

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  2. Greg,

    There are two confusing concepts involved in answering your question. Many think of it as one exclusively, which is incorrect. God the Son has always been, and it was by Him that all things were made. (Read John 1:1-3, 13-14) He became man 2000 years ago, remaining fully God, yet also became fully man. Philippians 2:5-7 (read this in AMP to understand better) temporarily laid down things such as His Omniscience (but NOT His deity), but then took it all back up again after His death. What makes this more clear is Hebrews 4:15b “[Jesus] was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” He couldn’t have been tempted “like as we are” IF He retained knowledge of everything while in His earthly ministry. What sin that you’ve done would you not have done if you knew everything about everything?

    It’s difficult to imagine Jesus not knowing everything, but He also proved it in Matthew 24:36 (where He said: “only the Father knows”). However many remember Jesus saying that, and apparently forget that Jesus again took up all His attributes, including Omniscience and Omnipotence. Colossians 1: ” 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” The last word is also translated “hold together” or “cohere”. It means if Jesus merely quit holding everything together, absolutely everything would fall apart!

    Yet “teachers” say that even today Jesus still doesn’t know when the Rapture will be! “Well, He said so!” Yes He did. It was true when He said it. But after death, He again took up knowledge of everything. So it IS true that He didn’t know…and that He DOES know, since about 2,000 years ago.

    Greg, I hope that helps you understand.

    God bless you!
    George

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    1. I agree, George; well put! Neat that God sent you here to share this now, for I have just recently come to understand this since writing my earlier comment here! I’ll add that it was ~60 years after His ascension that God gave Jesus Christ “The Revelation… to show His servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending His angel to His servant John…” (Rev 1:1). Note how God gives us progressive revelation. Again, when He walked the earth as a man, Jesus spoke only what the Father had told Him until that point when He said, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matt. 25:36).
      Hallelujah!! May God’s people apprehend the importance of searching the Scriptures like Bereans – especially pertaining to eschatology – for the time is VERY near!!

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      1. Did you know that many people will know not only the day and the hour, but even the minute? In one sentence the most die-hard anti-“date-setter” theologian will concede it’s true. Immediately after the Rapture, those who have been told, but were not ready who realize what just happened, can look at their watches and know. “Yeah, of course. That doesn’t prove anything!”

        But people use that verse (which is actually Matt. 24:36, not 25:36) to indicate that “no one can ever know”, but that is NOT what Jesus said! Nor did He say: “No one will know until after it happens.” Nor did He say: “But I will know very shortly–right after I am crucified”, nevertheless, He did know then. With that “armor” fractured, consider the verse (which you may already know now), Revelation 3:3 “Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.” So suppose they DO repent and watch. Would that then not mean that they WILL know the hour? If not, that verse would lose all meaning, would it not? “Lord, I repented, and I’m watching.” Would Jesus then say: “Yes you are, but you still won’t know the hour”? That seems so contrary to the character of God!

        Now consider when Paul told us the event would happen, in 1 Corinthians 15:52a “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump…” I’ve heard for decades that “the twinkling of an eye” meant “really quick”, like “the blink of an eye”. WE might mean it that way, but that is not what the Jews meant. Have you ever watched the sun go down over the ocean? You see the sun, it’s getting lower and lower, then just before out of sight, there’s the last speck of it as it twinkles seconds before disappearing. That is “the twinkling of an eye”. The “last trump” is the last trumpet blast during the Feast of Trumpets. It’s the 100th blast, the unique one, the “Tekiah Gedolah”, which is held out as long as the trumpeter can hold his breath, at the “twinkling of an eye” as beheld from Jerusalem.

        What day? The “great sign” (Revelation 12:1-2,5) happens unmistakably on September 23, 2017. However the Jews have Yom Teruah in their calendar for September 21. But this is the feast of which they say: “No man knows the day or the hour”, because their tradition has that it cannot start until the two witnesses see the new moon in Jerusalem. It doesn’t matter if “they know it’s there”–they have to see it. It can be obscured by clouds–or it can be obscured by a sandstorm, such as (I think it was) two years ago–a storm that lasted days, if I remember correctly. Therefore which day? Interesting that He has revealed the hour, but not so clearly the day,..yet. We have to “watch”. He comes at the end of the Feast of Trumpets, and if we watch, we should find out when it actually begins.

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        1. Thanks again for taking the time to share here, George! I am blessed to engage in conversation here with another one the Lord has led to have studied this matter of epic significance.

          Most people aware of the “Revelation 12 sign” (including Scottie Clarke) are not aware that Isaiah 66:7 dictates that the rapture, God’s harpazo of the man child of Rev. 12:5, occurs BEFORE the Rev 12:1-2 sign appears on Sept. 23, 2017. Again, Isaiah 66:7 dictates that Rev. 12:5 occur BEFORE Rev. 12:1-2. Consider these Scriptures carefully.

          Isaiah 66:7 is this: “Before she goes into labor, she gives birth; before the pains come upon her, she delivers a son.” Since the Revelation 12:1-2 sign is of a woman in labor, then Rev. 12:5 – the harpazo of the Church overcomers – occurs BEFORE the sign appears.

          (As I addressed in an earlier part of this series last year, the same improper language apparently appears in the Hebrew in that Scripture pertaining to the offspring as appears in the Greek in Rev. 12:5. Some Jews viewing the sign will recognize the linguistic convergence.)

          (Another aside: given that the sun was darkened for THREE HOURS when our Lord was crucified (and our moon can only eclipse our sun for less than 8 minutes), I suspect the largest body of the Planet X system (it reportedly has 10 heads/components) will eclipse the sun so the “Rev. 12 sign” is actually SEEN in Jerusalem (and the world via the internet). Given Genesis 3:15 and that the Planet X system is reportedly vast, I like one You Tuber’s suggestion that a component of the Planet X system will strike Jupiter’s heel, and Jupiter’s heel crushes its head; this is supported by the blacked out area Scott Clarke showed in “Google Sky” very near Jupiter in Virgo…)

          But back to the matter at hand… I make the case that since (1) the Scriptures show the rapture WILL occur before the “Revelation 12 sign” appears on Sept. 23, 2017, and (2) the harpazo occurs at the LAST trumpet blast of Yom Teruah per 1 Cor. 15:52, then (3) the new moon WILL be spotted by 2 witnesses on Sept. 21, and (4) the harpazo should occur precisely at twilight as you also have noted (Jerusalem time) of Sept. 22, 2017.

          So that will be the bottom line of the next Part in this series, if the Lord ever leads me to write it! 😉 God bless you, fellow Berean!

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  3. Deanna and George, thank you for your comments and replies. I don’t get notices on emails for replies on these posts, but do get them when Deanna makes new posts. I just read the responses. Anyway, I sit here typing this and it’s 8 hours and 10 minutes to twilight. This whole idea of not knowing the day or hour is so radically different than what I’ve been taught and known my whole life. But take what’s been discovered and add the recent hurricanes and earthquakes, our Lord is coming!

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    1. Strongholds. We’ve been taught so many traditions of men, Greg! The Lord had me refer the pastoral staff of our Sardis-like church to Colossians 2:8 (and Rev. 3:1-6!) multiple times. Although I prayed for the strongholds to be broken (1 Cor. 10:4) and declared them to be broken in Jesus’ authority, they remain. My (admittedly incomplete) understanding at this point is that if someone does not desire to be delivered of a demon, the demon remains with them…

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